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The 2015 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend workshop, Friday

THANK YOU for a great Summer at Centrum!

THANK YOU for a great Summer at Centrum!

The entire Centrum family wishes to thank all those who came out to enjoy summer events at Centrum!  It has been a stellar season and the memories shall endure.  We invite you to support our mission with a charitable gift of support.  Also, feel free to browse our thousands of images from Centrum workshops as


Tonight: Blues in the Clubs

The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival’s signature event, Blues in the Clubs is a moveable feast of great music in various downtown venues, with each venue operating on a first-come, first-seated basis. Your wristband is an all access pass, and we encourage you to move around throughout the evening to gain the full benefit of the


July 29: Rag, Blues & Zydeco Dance

Come on down to Fort Worden on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 for the first public performance of the 2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. We’re turning the USO building into an old-time dance hall with performances by Alice Stuart, Andy Cohen, Beareather Reddy, Dean Mueller, Gene Taylor, Jay Summerour, Jerie Choi, Jerron Paxton, Leroy Etienne, Orville Johnson,


Acoustic Blues Festival Performance Today!

Join us for the largest country blues gathering in the nation! Concerts feature players and music from regions where pre-war country blues were formed — Piedmont, the Delta, Mississippi Hill Country, New Orleans, Texas and more. Immerse yourself in the African – American history and traditions from which blues has grown. Mainstage shows at McCurdy Pavilion

Terry Bean

2015 Blues in the Clubs Lineup Announced

We’ve just announced the lineup for the Blues in the Clubs component of the 2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. On Friday and Saturday night of festival week, the artist faculty from the weeklong workshop head to numerous venues in Port Townsend’s historic downtown and uptown districts to play sets in all sorts of interesting combinations.


A Blues Moment: Michael Jerome Browne

Centrum is excited to welcome back Michael Jerome Browne to the faculty of the 2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. A multi-instrumentalist, equally comfortable on guitars, banjos, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica, Browne gave the late Long John Baldry “that kind of tingle like when I first heard Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy.” Browne’s taste for